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Devotion: Family Resemblance (His Encouragement)

When people look at me, they can see the face of my mother and my grandmother. The family resemblance is clear. In many ways, I am reflection of her.  I hope that I am also a reflection of my Heavenly Father. I pray that by the way I live my life and by the actions that I take, people will also be able to see the love of God reflected in me. 

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Happy Trinity Sunday! Fire Spinning and Perichoresis (His Encouragement)

The trinity is like a dance— the flames of the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer are perpetually in motion. In this dark world, we especially need flames of hope dancing in the darkness.

a mosaic showing flames dancing around the heads of the disciples
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Devotion: Happy Pentecost! OR The time I lived through a small tornado (His Encouragement)

Experiencing the Holy Spirit is like experiencing a tornado. When the Holy Spirit blows through our lives, the experience changes us forever. It can change who are as human beings, it can change the church, and it can change the world.

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Devotion: Journey to Emmaus (His Encouragement)

this same vision of Jesus’s appearance on the road to Emmaus speaks to our lives as well. It’s been a long journey to get to this Easter season. This past Lent was the longest Lent that I’ve ever experienced. However, now that Easter Sunday has come and gone, it appears that there is still a very long road ahead for all of us. 

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Devotion: We Are Not Alone (His Encouragement)

The story of Lazarus offers comfort to all of those who mourn. We are all mourning something right now, but we will all get through this together. Although we cannot physically gather, I encourage you to lift your hearts with me every day in prayer for five minutes at five in the afternoon. The church is not a building, it is a people. Let us be a people united in prayer.

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Devotion: The New Birth Is Like Hatching from an Eggshell (His Encouragement)

 Receiving the new birth completely changes the way we see the world. It's the difference between being stuck inside a dark egg or being alive outside in the world. This Lent, we are reminded that if we trust in God, Christ will help us to break out of our shells int to the glorious resurrection of an Easter morning. 

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Giving Thanks & Reverse Advent Calendars! (His Encouragement)

This post is part of the weekly series, "His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul."  Image: A woman holds a cup of tea and reads her Bible. Black text on a green background reads, "Weekly Devotion: His Encouragement- Words from Scripture to Strengthen Your Soul."   Bible Verse: For to us a child is born,     to… Continue reading Giving Thanks & Reverse Advent Calendars! (His Encouragement)

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Devotion: Miracles, Mustard Seeds, and Christmas Shoes (His Encouragement #34)

Even if you only have a little bit of faith, God can still work miracles with it. When our church family stepped out in faith, we witnessed a small but powerful Christmas miracle of our own.